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Prayer Day events scheduled despite judge's decision


Three Valley city halls and the state Capitol will host National Day of Prayer events Thursday despite a recent federal-court decision in Wisconsin that declared the 58-year tradition unconstitutional because it amounts to a government call for religious action.

Phoenix, Gilbert and Queen Creek municipal buildings will be sites for Christian prayer sessions that include pleas for divine intervention in government. Similar sessions will be outside the state Capitol and on the floors of the House and Senate.

"This is outrageous and unconstitutional and should be challenged. . . . It's contrary to the wise views of Thomas Jefferson," said Chandler attorney Marc Victor, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which filed the Wisconsin lawsuit.

Others see it differently. Governments "should see churches as assets, not the enemy," said Queen Creek Pastor Augie Iadiciccio of Saving Grace Lutheran Church

. "Our town leaders open council meetings with prayers. . . . We feel very welcome."

In her ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.


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I applaud a district judge who uses judicial liberty to attempt to barr the Government from ...

I applaud the Government for using its law-making liberty to make useless laws that nobody has to follow. And that in the face of a district judge using liberty.

I applaud the people for more and more coming to the realization that they have the liberty to NOT "understand" if that is what they want to do... "understand" like "stand under" the attempted use of fake Government authority by Government officials that do not really have such authority.

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